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San Jose PD Announces CIT Training For All Sworn Personnel
Filed under Press Release, on 5/2/2016 10:30:00 AM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

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San Jose, Calif.- The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) announces mandatory Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all sworn personnel.

The SJPD’s 40-hour CIT Academy was implemented in 1999. CIT officers are trained to respond to calls for service involving individuals who are known to be or are possibly suffering from a mental illness. The basic goals of the program are to improve officer safety, the safety of the consumers (individuals suffering from a mental illness), and to redirect consumers from the judicial system to the health care system via referrals when appropriate.

The CIT program also aims to give the officer an understanding of the particular challenges of those in the mental health community in an effort to equip the officer with tools to possibly deescalate crisis situations. The ultimate goal is to resolve situations involving individuals with mental illnesses by connecting them and their families to services whenever possible.   

Nationally, and here in San Jose, there has been a significant rise of untreated and at risk consumers trying to manage their symptoms without professional care. This has created a need for more CIT trained personnel. Currently, the Department has approximately 350 CIT officers, but not all of these officers work in a patrol capacity where such expertise is needed. In order to meet the increasing need for CIT officers, mandatory training will be implemented for all sworn personnel. It is anticipated that three CIT academies will be held per year. The first mandatory CIT Academy is scheduled for September 2016.

The CIT Program is a collaborative effort between the SJPD, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department.

Chief Eddie Garcia said, "This training will enhance the safety of both our officers and individuals suffering from mental illness. We want to give our officers the tools necessary to deal with these situations in an effort to safely diffuse possible confrontations."  

“Quite simply, this type of training can help save lives and I’d like to thank the Chief for making sure that all of our officers are equipped with crisis intervention skills,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “This is another step we can take to ensure that the San Jose Police Department remains the most trusted, professional and well-trained police force in the country.”

BY: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936 AUTHORIZED BY: Chief Eddie Garcia 
DATE: 5/2/2016 TIME: 10:00 AM DATE: 5/2/2016 TIME: 10:00 AM


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